Having been an avid reader of Ms. Christie's works since the 7th grade, I thought it only fitting to give you what I consider to be her five best mysteries. With over 80 books to her credit, narrowing my list down to Christie's best five is, for me, like trying to choose my favorite Beatles song. Just when I say one is my favorite, a different song pops into my head. For someone new to Dame Agatha, however, this list will give you a good taste of her varying styles, detectives, and settings. Enjoy!
- Murder on the Orient Express - A classic story with the classic detective, Hercule Poirot. With the whole story taking place within the confines of a train, Christie manages to weave a complex tale that leaves one guessing until the end (unless you've unfortunately already watched one of the numerous t.v. and film versions).
- And Then There Were None - While it has none of the well-known detectives of Christie's other works, this is a gripping story with a jaw-dropping conclusion.
- The Murder at the Vicarage - Christie's other classic detective, Miss Marple, in her very first appearance. While the mystery itself is good, what is particularly appealing is the look inside the world of this spinster sleuth and her small English village.
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Another Hercule Poirot mystery and seemingly just another village murder. Seemingly...
- The ABC Murders - When a murderer appears to be systematically working his way through the alphabet, Poirot has his work cut out for him.
As soon as I compiled this list I thought, "What about A Murder is Announced?" I started to make a change to my list when I thought of Curtain, Poirot's last mystery and one that's not to be missed. (Actually, I would suggest tackling a handful of his other mysteries first; it's a better read when you have a feel for the man.) Then The 4:50 from Paddington entered my head. And what about The Seven Dials Mystery, such a departure from her later works? And we can't forget Cards on the Table, which inspired me to learn to play bridge...
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